The Black Syracuse Project

Letitia Harris

In Oral History Interviews on March 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Letitia Harris is the daughter of famous Syracuse artist Falstaff Harris.  Here she is interviewed in her home by Nancy Keefe Rhodes and Joan Bryant.

My sister and I used to sit and try to, you know, remember.  She remembers more because she’s older but I remember faces.  Cab Calloway was always over.  Cab Calloway was from D.C. too.  Who else was there.  Paul Robeson was there more than once.

I remember his voice. Because I used to sit an listen to, you know, his chest.  I loved that with men, when I was a kid, to put my head and hear that vibrato.  Du Bois was here, was there in the house.  I keep saying “here.”  You know, there was a Du Bois that lived here.   I don’t know, she’s got to be dead cause she, if I’m 78.  She was a relative of W.E.B. Du Bois.  She used to live over across the street from, did somebody tell you that, from Dunbar Center?

No, no one told me that!

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  1. Hi Letitia, what a delight to see you in this video. I have thought of you so often over the years. We shared a very special time in Florence in 1963. Best wishes and love
    from your friend, Zahna (I changed my name from Lynne to Zahna many years ago)

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